â€” GC Pro provided advice and service for recording platform, console, microphones and more, as Stevens moved his studio into a larger space on Nashvilleâ€™s Music Row â€”
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, April 27, 2009 â€” Ray Stevens, the GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning recording artist, composer and producer, who blazed trails with a string of country and novelty hits, recently increased his recording operations at his longtime Nashville studio by purchasing the former Nightingale Studios next door on Nashvilleâ€™s Music Row. With the acquisition came the decision to take the leap to an all-digital recording platform. The Nashville location of Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, was on hand in Nashville to help Stevens and his engineer Ben Surratt put together the perfect system: a Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 system with a Digidesign 48-fader D-Control console, as well as microphones and mic-preâ€™s from Millennia, Martinsound, Tubetech, Vintech, API and Universal Audio, with plug-in processing from Waves, monitoring by Genelec and cabling by Mogami.
Stevensâ€™ new studio consists of a control room, a live room and four isolation booths, ranging from bright and reverberant to muted. The acoustics, designed by noted studio designer Steven Durr, are exceptional: â€œIt has very tall ceilings and hardwood floors everywhere, but it is not overly reflective,â€? said Surratt. Thus, no structural changes were needed, only equipment and aesthetics. With a brilliant new acoustical space ready, it was time to revamp the studioâ€™s technology. â€œWe still have a really nice place with an old Sphere console and some RADARs, but Ray had been hearing about Pro Tools from just about every producer buddy he had,â€? said Surratt. In consultation with GC Pro Account Manager Chad Evans, Stevens and Surratt put together a wish list for the new studio, and GC Pro fulfilled it.
Stevens loves the hands-on familiarity of the faders on the D-Control console, and today both he and Surratt â€“ a longtime Pro Tools fan â€“ work mostly in the box, enjoying that increased flexibility and ease of workflow. And both appreciate how well the new studio and technology fit with the experience and equipment they brought with them. Their new array of microphones and plug-in processing meshes well with Stevensâ€™ classic Neumann microphones and mic preâ€™s, including the Universal Audio 610 and Martech MSS-10. They also appreciate the help they got from GC Pro in the process. â€œGC Pro has a large facility right in town,â€? noted Surratt. â€œSo being able to work with them face to face was really handy. They have the products you need, when you need them. We would simply call our rep Chad Evans, and he would make it happen.â€?